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 There will be an Administrative Judge Clinic for those interested in helping with Clerk of Course (Saturday, April 21 from 9am-1pm), as well as the Express Stroke & Turn Clinic (Saturday, April 21 from 9-11am) for those willing to do advance study, or a No Advance Prep Stroke & Turn Clinic on Sunday, April 22 from 1-5:30pm. 

 

Please note the following registration deadlines:

Express Stroke & Turn Clinic:  Saturday, March 31, 2012

No Advance Prep Stroke & Turn Clinic: Sunday, April 15, 2012

Administrative Judge Clinic:  Sunday, April 15, 2012

 

These Atlanta area clinics are open to all.  If any teams are interested to host clinics outside the Atlanta area, please contact Steve Drew ( [email protected] ).

 

Each Georgia Swimming sanctioned/approved swim meet requires a minimum number of trained officials, and swim meets can’t be hosted without timers and officials. Support your swimmer and your team by becoming a valued volunteer as a Georgia Swimming Official. Georgia Swimming is the governing body for USA Swimming in our state. Georgia Swimming is looking for volunteers interested in becoming entry-level officials: either Stroke & Turn Judges, who observe swimmers to ensure that the technical rules are followed, or Administrative Judges, who deal with paperwork side of the meet--swimmers' entries and results, as Clerk of Course.
 
WHAT’S INVOLVED?
Stroke & Turn: The clinic can be done in a shorter format (1-1/2 hours) with a few hours advance study, or you can take the 4-1/2 hour clinic with no advance prep. Following either clinic, you do your training (6 session apprenticeship on-deck training with another certified official). You just show up and work when your swimmer is swimming or when it works for you. Administrative Judge: It's about a 4 hour clinic. Following the clinic, your training includes 5 sessions minimum as an apprentice in your first year working with Clerk of Course.
 
HOW DO I GET STARTED? 1. A No Advance Prep Stroke & Turn Judge Clinic is being offered on Sunday, April 22, from 1-5pm. No pre-study required, but pre-registration no later than Monday, April 15 is required to assure training material availability. For those who register by March 31, and complete advance study, an Express Stroke & Turn Judge Clinic will be offered on Saturday, April 21 from 9-11am. These clinics will help you get started right away and enable you to begin your training during the upcoming spring/summer season. Time and space are limited, register now to secure a space for your participation. 2. An Administrative Judge Clinic, for those who have interest to volunteer with Clerk of Course, will also be offered on Saturday, April 21 from 9am-1pm. Pre-registration is required no later than Monday, April 15. 3. First year certification costs include USA Swimming Non-Athlete Membership Fee ($55), Clinic Fee ($15), and background check required by USA Swimming ($19-39). Some teams reimburse these expenses. 4. Please contact clinic host Julie Allen ([email protected]) to register for the Atlanta-area clinics above. If these dates or location don’t work for you, feel free to contact Steve Drew ([email protected]), Georgia Swimming Officials Training Chairperson, to help you navigate the process.
 
Officials, as valued volunteers, receive free heat sheets, food/beverages in hospitality, as well as free admission and parking for swim meets at which they volunteer. Since United States Swimming is a tax-exempt charitable organization, volunteer expenses such as mileage, hotel, even airfare and meals are also potentially tax-deductible, please consult your tax advisor. Georgia Swimming officials will be happy to mentor you through the process, and the friendships developed along the way are a bonus! You can make a difference! Don't sit in the stands and get a sore back, stand up and be involved with the swimmers on deck ;-)
 
    
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